Thursday, November 22, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving!

Can you believe it's Thanksgiving? I can't. But I'll happily eat turkey and sweet potatoes and all that other yummy stuff this afternoon! Pumpkin pie is one of my faves, too.

A lot of people on Facebook have been doing daily gratitude posts. I missed the memo, but ever since doing a gratitude journal (ala an Oprah show featuring a book I'd read) I do this anyway.

This year I have much to be thankful for. I won't deny it hasn't been a hard year. But then again, life is hard. With good days and bad days.

The last couple of weeks have been really difficult because I've been missing my friend Elizabeth who died of breast cancer in June.  I realized one good thing about being so sick and having tight deadlines for so many months now is it didn't give me a lot of time to think.

Now that I'm not under so much pressure a lot of what I tried to put off while revising my manuscript has been coming out. But I am thankful for the decades we shared together. I was a year old when I met her so when I say she was a part of my life for as long as I remember, I'm not kidding.

I'm thankful we'll all be together today. There was a chance hubby had to go overseas on Sunday and attend a meeting today. He'll still be at the meeting via conference call. So much better than in person. I realize how lucky we are to have that choice. So many men and women in our armed services won't be with their families today. I'm grateful they made the choice to serve our country and us.

Red collar puppy
It'll be an interesting Thanksgiving for us. We added a temporary addition to the family yesterday.

We picked up red (collar) puppy from our breeder Jan in Hillsboro. This Norwegian Elkhound puppy is eight weeks old. He is oh-so-cute. A real sweetie, who is a little scared being on his own, away from his two brothers. He's eight weeks old and our dog Chaos' grandson.

We're "socializing" him until Sunday. Sometime after that, we'll bring home another puppy and keep him for a few days. It's good to expose puppies to different situations which is why we did this with the breeder's last litter, too!

And who knows? One of them may end up with us more permanently. Time will tell.

I wish you and your family a Happy Thanksgiving. Is there anything you're especially thankful for today?


Mary Strand said...

Happy Thanksgiving, Melissa, and hugs on Elizabeth. I'm grateful for YOU!

Janet said...

Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours! That is one adorable puppy.

I'm thankful for my family and all their quirkiness.

Maria Zannini said...

That dog and cat photo always cracks me up.

Ref: puppy
That puppy is so cute, I may fall into a diabetic coma. I'm so glad you're socializing them like this.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Dru said...

Happy Thanksgiving!

The puppy is a cutie.

Quilt Lady said...

Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family. The puppy is really cute. I am thankful for each day that my family and I wake up and join this world. The house over our heads and the food on the table.

joye said...

Your young dog is adorable. I once owned a Norwegian Elkhound who was the most lovable and smartest dog. He was easy maintenance and learned
Dog Obediance lessons easily.
Good luck with your dog. My dog's name was Chama. What is yours?

Brandy said...

A Happy (Bleated) Thanksgiving to you and your family!